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RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, established racketeering as a crime. Also, RICO allows individuals to file a civil suit if they can demonstrate they were damaged by a racket.

Are You Charged with a RICO Violation?

If you are being investigated for possible RICO violations, have been criminally charged with racketeering, or sued in civil court on alleged RICO violations, you should seek legal counsel. The act provides steep fines and penalties, including imprisonment, for committing the crime, and up to treble damages and attorney fees can be awarded in successful civil actions.

RICO targets individuals or organizations involved in a pattern of systematic, long-term illegal activities. For a person to be charged with racketeering under RICO, he or she must within 10 years commit two of several crimes detailed in RICO, including the following offenses:

  • Violation of state laws prohibiting gambling, murder, kidnapping, extortion, arson, robbery, bribery, dealing in pornography or a controlled substance
  • Bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, pornography, slavery, gambling, money laundering, murder-for-hire, obstruction of justice
  • Embezzling union funds
  • Bankruptcy fraud or securities fraud
  • Criminal copyright infringement
  • Money laundering
  • Helping aliens enter the country illegally
  • Terrorism

How a RICO Attorney Can Help

You should contact an attorney to learn more about the following:

  • The complexities of the RICO statute
  • Challenges to allegations that you committed the two predicated crimes necessary to establishing a RICO violation
  • Challenges to the time period during which the crimes must be committed
  • Countering allegations that you were involved in a pattern of systematic illegal activity
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